Originally Posted by conzboneeus
Actually will have Fri, Sat, Sun and Monday to ski. In late Thursday and out Tuesday afternoon.
I've done is AltaBird, Sol, PowMow, Park City, etc. Good intermediate will run blacks if they don't scare the heck out of me. Okay in pow.
I think Copper, Beaver Creek and/or Snowmass will give you the best steeper blue/black runs on great grooming, which is what I'm readiing into your description above. They all have plenty of non-groomed blacks also. Both Copper and Beaver Creek have downhill courses that recently opened to the public in the last week or so, for perspective on the terrain.
Coming in late Thurs, I wouldn't want to do the 3+ hour drive to Snowmass in a snowstorm in the dark, and there is no reason to believe the snow is any better there (or the storm will hit better there), so here's what I'd do:
Stay in Denver West (search for that on the hotel sites) Thursday night. That will allow you to sleep at lower altitude and acclimate. Drive up (about an hour) and Ski Copper on Friday. Get the Beaver Creek lodging deal above and stay at and ski Beaver Creek Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Once you are at BC you probably won't want to leave, but you can always head to Vail on the same tickets. Do that on Monday if you do, as Beaver Creek should be less crowded on the weekend. Crowds really shouldn't be bad anywhere until after xmas.
If you have time, you could hit a few runs at Loveland on the way home Tuesday on their half-day morning ticket